Will Ferrell Heads to The Office

Guest arc to smooth over post-Carell period
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2011 2:06 PM CST
In this Nov. 15, 2010 file photo, Will Ferrell poses at the premiere of the film "Burlesque" in Los Angeles. Ferrell will play a visiting branch manager over an arc of several episodes on "The Office."   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)
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(Newser) – It's hard to imagine The Office without Steve Carell, but the show is hiring a major talent (at least temporarily) to distract viewers from the departure of its iconic boss: Will Ferrell. Ferrell is to play another Dunder Mifflin/Sabre manager who gets involved with the office after Carell's character leaves—and by all indication, Ferrell's character will make Michael Scott like a paragon of competence. Ferrell is just on for a guest arc however, reports the LA Times. Carell's permanent replacement remains a mystery.

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